The New Normal: Engaged Teaching & Learning webinar series

This webinar series explores ways in which people and institutions are responding to and learning from the current crisis and applying these lessons into learning, teaching, technology and student engagement. The New Normal is a collaboration between Melbourne CSHE and Learning Environments.

Panellists will include members of the Melbourne CSHE and Learning Environments teams, with some episodes featuring guest panellists from the University of Melbourne and the international Higher Education community.

Please note that registration is NOT required.


Episode One

Online examinations: Challenges, assumptions and best practices

Thursday 18 June 2020, 12pm AEST
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law and Learning Environments

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Episode Two

From emergency to emergent practice: What we’ve learned about interaction and engagement

Tuesday 28 July 2020, 1pm AEST
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning and Mr Brian Martin

Abstract: As we emerged from our first COVID-19 semester, what are some lessons learned? In this episode of The New Normal, we explored answers relevant to interaction and engagement in online assessment. Panellists discussed feedback from students, lecturer experiences and introducing an innovative case study on engagement coming out of Brazil. The panel also explored how emergent practices are forming, and what this might mean for the next few semesters of teaching in higher education.

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Intro notes from the webinar


Episode Three

Myth-busting: Debunking the myths of online learning

Friday 28 August 2020, 1pm AEST
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning and Mr Brian Martin

Abstract: Online learning operates under too many false assumptions. These range from the myth of the digital native to the belief that online engagement should closely replicate in-person practice. In this episode of The New Normal, the panellists dismantled some persistent online learning assumptions and explored different perspectives on how ‘busting through’ these assumptions may lead to better online learning.

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Episode Four

Student engagement: Meeting current needs and developing sustainable approaches

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 12pm AEDT
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning and Mr Brian Martin

Abstract: Student engagement is a seminal issue in higher education. As we examine data from our first COVID-19 semester, specific engagement issues appear at the forefront: what does engagement look like when we decrease synchronous learning and can’t ‘see’ our students? How does online engagement differ from in-person paradigms? What are the implications for our practices, cultures, evaluation systems and services?

In the fourth episode of New Normal webinar series, panellists explored student engagement in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The discussion focused on how we might best define, support and evaluate engagement. Panellists also discussed what ‘deep’ versus ‘surface’ engagement looks like and how we may avoid mistaking one for the other.

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Episode Five

Student Engagement Online Part 2: Surface vs Deep

Friday 11 December 2020, 1pm AEDT

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Citation:
Cochrane, Thomas; Deneen, Christopher; Law, Siew; Manning, Catherine; Martin, Brian (2020): Episode Five: Student Engagement Online Part 2: Surface vs Deep. figshare. Media. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.13370333.v1


Episode Six

Reimagining dual delivery for a place-based university

Friday 12 March 2021, 1pm AEDT
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning

Abstract: Managing the change in a traditional university. Going beyond the managerial imperative. What is it, what does it look like? Approaches. Outcomes. What does it afford? Tensions- quick and dirty vs reimagining. Epistemic assumptions. What works as a quick fix and what needs deeper planning and consideration? What are the terms and the confusion? Is blended learning the same as dual delivery? Surface vs deep? How we handle the mixed bag?

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Citation:
Cochrane, Thomas; Deneen, Christopher; Law, Siew; Manning, Catherine; Martin, Brian (2021): The New Normal Webinar Episode 6: Reimagining dual delivery for a place-based university. figshare. Media. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.14226719.v1


Episode Seven

The impact and best case principles of dual-delivery for face-to-face Universities

Friday 14 May 2021, 1pm AEST
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning and special guest Professor Michael Henderson

Abstract: This episode featured special guest Professor Michael Henderson from Monash University who discussed with the panel the impact and best case principles of dual-delivery for face-to-face Universities such as The University of Melbourne and Monash University. As we ventured back into on-campus teaching and learning for the second half of 2021 and leveraged what we have learnt from the rapid move to online learning - what principles and practices can enhance the face-to-face teaching and learning experience in the future?

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Citation:
Cochrane, Thomas; Deneen, Christopher; Law, Siew; MANNING, CATHERINE; Henderson, Michael (2021): TheNewNormal Webinar Episode 7: The impact and best case principles of dual-delivery for face-to-face Universities. The University of Melbourne. Media. https://doi.org/10.26188/14633442


Episode Eight

Discussion with four university students exploring the impact of COVID-19

Friday 16 July 2021, 1pm AEST
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Professor Brian Martin, Ms Catherine Manning

Abstract: This episode featured a discussion with four university students exploring the impact of COVID-19 on their learning experiences.

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Citation: Martin, Brian; Deneen, Christopher; Law, Siew; Manning, Catherine; Cochrane, Thomas (2021): TheNewNormal Webinar Episode 8: The COVID-19 student experience. The University of Melbourne. Media. https://doi.org/10.26188/15001224


Episode Nine

Lost in Space: finding our way in virtual and physical learning environments

Friday 17 September 2021, 1pm AEST
Panellists: Brian Martin, Mitch Buzza, Ben Cleveland, Thomas Cochrane, Michael Cowling, Chris Deneen, Lyle Gurrin, Siew-Fang Law, Marian Mahat, Catherine Manning.

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Citation: Martin, Brian; BUZZA, MITCH; CLEVELAND, BENJAMIN; Cochrane, Thomas; Cowling, Michael; Deneen, Christopher; et al. (2021): The New Normal Webinar Episode 9: Lost in Space: finding our way in virtual and physical learning environments. The University of Melbourne. Media. https://doi.org/10.26188/16640050


Episode Ten

Pecha Kucha – summarising the issues covered throughout the entire series

Friday 12 November 2021, 1pm AEDT
Panellists: Associate Professor Thom Cochrane, Dr Chris Deneen, Dr Siew Fang Law, Ms Catherine Manning

Abstract: Presented in a Pecha Kucha format, episode 10 will summarise key topics from The New Normal series. The recorded episode will also be presented at the ASCILITE Conference on 29 November – 1 December.

Deneen, C., Cochrane, T., Law, S.-F., Manning, C., & Martin, B. (2021, 29 November - 1 December). The new normal: Dialogues and ways forward. ASCILITE 2021: 38th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education, University of New England (UNE), Armidale, Australia

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Enquiries

Dr Chris Deneen, Program Coordinator
Email: chris.deneen@unimelb.edu.au